Volkswagen Unveils Electric Scooter

E-Scooter revealed in Shanghai

story by Motorcycle.Com Staff, Created Apr. 19, 2011
German automaker Volkswagen unveiled an electric scooter concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show.

Designed for the Chinese market, the Volkswagen E-Scooter was unveiled alongside the new 2012 Beetle. The E-Scooter follows the trend of Volkswagen’s German rivals BMW and Mercedes who also recently unveiled electric scooter prototypes under their respective Mini and Smart brands.

The Volkswagen E-Scooter is powered by a 350-watt motor powered by a lithium ion battery. The E-Scooter claims a range of 25 miles and a top speed of about 30 mph. According to Volkswagen, the E-Scooter weighs about 44 pounds without the battery.

Volkswagen E-Scooter

Though Volkswagen hasn’t ruled out commercial sales of the E-Scooter, the company is exploring alternative business models. One idea includes a scooter rental system where riders can rent E-Scooters from solar powered charging hubs at key locations such as train stations, shopping malls and business parks.

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